Media And Media

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As media becomes much more prevalent in society, it is important to recognize the possible harmful effects that media may have on children’s body image. The research conducted in this study seeks to uncover more information regarding body image and media in female children. The purpose of this proposed study will be to uncover if certain types of media influence how children perceive their own body to look compared to how they are physically. Countless studies have argued that media is one of the main sources of body dissatisfaction and negative body image. Media exposure is largely related to body image attitudes among female adolescents which can lead to poor body image and attempting to control their weight (Rodgers, 2017). On the other hand, the media consumption rate of 2- to 6-year-old girls has been associated with obesity as well as being overweight (Rodgers, 2017). It has been found that children as young as 2-years-old can spend up to as much as 6 hours a day exposed to television or some form of the mass media (Dohnt, 2006). This reveals that now children are consuming media at an earlier age and in higher amounts. Besides this, in the age range of 7- to 9-year-old girls, the relationship between media exposure and positive stereotypes related to thinness has been associated with celebration of the thin ideal and disordered eating habits (Rodgers, 2017). Girls themselves even agree that media influences them to be slimmer and agree even more with the

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